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Next Gaming’s skill-based slots trials and their raving success

  • by Stelly in Industry
  • December 3, 2020

Next Gaming’s latest skill-based games are put to the test in Nevada casinos and players are all for it.


Online slots have become the most popular casino games in the world and they’re evolving to become more advanced too.

The latest developments being skill-based slots that provide more than the regular spin and win slot experience.

Skill-based slots vs regular slots

You might find yourself wondering what makes a skill-based slot so different from the regular slots available at online casinos.

It's actually quite simple. Regular slot machines have a straightforward process where you place a bet, spin the reels, and wait for your winning results. A random number generator (RNG) determines the winning numbers for fairness. The entire experience is one that is completely based on chance, with players having zero control over the outcome.

Skill-based slots, on the other hand, have bonus rounds that involve a level of skill. Many of these skill-based games are adaptions of arcade games such as Arkanoid and Bust-A-Move available as new releases that Next Gaming is putting on trial.

When you trigger a bonus feature you may get the option of trying the skill-based round. This will take you to a second screen where you have to play a mini-game and your level of skill shown in this bonus round determines your win amount.

Next Gaming's skill-based slots trials

Next Gaming has but their latest skill-based slots to the test by unleashing them in two Nevada casinos for a trial period.

The trial is to determine whether or not players are having a good time playing these arcade-style slots or not. The trial for Asteroids and three other arcade-game titles kicked off in September in Binion's, Downtown Las Vegas and Cannery, North Las Vegas.

Having closely kept an eye on the trials, CEO of Next Gaming, Michael Darley confidently states that so far, its clear players are having a marvellous time with these skill-based games.

The trials are all part of the New Innovation Beta process in Las Vegas, which is a measure implemented by the Nevada Gaming Commission in 2016, allowing players to try new games quicker. Despite trials, the Commission is still responsible for ensuring all games meet the necessary regulatory requirements.

Other gambling regulators in regions which include New Mexico, Oklahoma, and California have already given the go-ahead certifying the games.

The games currently on trial include Asteroids, Bust-A-Move, Arkanoid, and ZForce. There are six machines with these skill-based slots available at each of the casinos.

The CEO also stated that while the bonus games such as blasting asteroids or bubbles increase the wins, random number generators are still used to ensure the long-term return for casinos.

With the placements in California, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, Next Gaming will get more feedback from different markets.

A new generation of gamers

The aim of skill-based games is not just to increase the entertainment levels for but also to acquire and retain a new player base.

The placement of these games could allow sports bettors to enjoy watching sports they've bet on in between their spins. It's all about the machine location opening the playing field and connecting players from different worlds.

On top of that, skill-based games are the next level of playing which game providers hope will attract millennials and other younger generations of legal age. These players aren’t enticed by traditional games, they want to interact, be entertained and get something more from every experience.

With the latest technological advancements, these skill-based games can adapt and launch in Next Gaming online casinos too.

This will only be confirmed once the trials are complete and successful, but it's the next logical step and could increase gaming revenue and the interest in online gambling from younger generations.

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